Mdluli, Breytenbach charged

2012-06-16 18:07

Former crime intelligence head will have to explain to the court his use of the ‘slush fund’

When suspended senior police officer Richard Mdluli faces a disciplinary hearing on July 2, he will have to explain why R150 000 of police funds was used to upgrade security at his house.

The 10 charges Mdluli will face are revealed in court papers filed by former acting police chief Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi in the Johannesburg Labour Court this week.

Mdluli, the former crime intelligence head, is challenging his suspension from the police.

All the charges against him relate to his alleged abuse of a crime intelligence “slush fund” and appointing family members and friends.

Mkhwanazi also accuses Mdluli of lying about an illness, saying this was nothing more than a game of “hide and seek” with police officials who wanted to suspend him.

He filed the court papers two days after President Jacob Zuma announced the appointment of General Riah Phiyega as the new police commissioner.

According to the charge sheet, Mdluli allegedly abused the intelligence “slush fund” by:

» Spending R150 209 on “security upgrades” at his Boksburg home in Ekurhuleni;
» Authorising air travel for his wife, children and parents to the value of R84 199;
» Spending R46 809 on a business class ticket for his wife, Theresa Lyons, who was
at the time not an employee of the police; and
» Leasing his Gordon’s Bay home in Western Cape to the police at R8 500 per month for “crime intelligence purposes”.

The charge sheet also states that Mdluli had “misled” investigations into 250 “covert” appointments of crime intelligence operatives, including his then wife and daughter, by claiming that they had not taken up positions.

He allegedly appointed his ex-wife, son, daughter, current wife and other friends during this process.

In his affidavit, Mkhwanazi says Mdluli is the “author of his misfortune as he decided to engage in a cat-and-mouse game with the officials of the SAPS”.

He also accuses Mdluli of lying about his “emotional stress”, saying “he still performed active functions and attended some engagements during the alleged period of sickness”.

The Labour Court case in which Mdluli is challenging his suspension is set to be heard this week.

Lawyers representing the South African Police Service will argue the case has become “academic” because rights group Freedom Under Law had already obtained an interdict preventing Mdluli from carrying out any police duties.

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